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GroJLart

GroJLart is the anonymous foulmouthed blogger of Philaphilia, where he critiques Philadelphia architecture, history, and design. He resides in Washington Square West. GroJLart has contributed to Naked Philly, the Philadelphia City Paper's Naked City Blog, and Philadelphia Magazine's Property Blog.

A Hale In Purgatory

A Hale In Purgatory

May 14, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow Knows more than you ever thought possible on one of the last two remaining buildings near Rittenhouse Square by architect of extravagance Willis G. Hale--this one threatened by damaging alterations and lack of legal protection > more

Last Vault Of The Nouveau Riche

Last Vault Of The Nouveau Riche

April 30, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow Knows dons his raccoon coat and tails as he sets out to uncover North Philly's gilded age along the new frontier we call North Broad > more

Party Wall Like A Rockstar

Party Wall Like A Rockstar

April 16, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow Knows has the story on the super-slender Cunningham Piano building in Center City--can the Church of Scientology reincarnate this beauty, which was once the largest shoe store in the world? > more

Survivor!

Survivor!

April 2, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

Tell us, Shadow, about one of the the only buildings near the Convention Center big and beautiful and just about Baroque enough to survive the wrecking ball > more

Zany Chestnut East

Zany Chestnut East

March 19, 2012  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow Knows something about turn-of-the-century real estate barons, including the King of Chestnut Street (when Chestnut was king), Anthony M. Zane. > more